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  • n. the variation in ontogeny of individuals of a species that gives rise to evolution

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In biology, a displacement, with reference to their order of appearance in time, of members of a genetically connected series, as of animal forms or organs; a disarrangement of the true ontogenetic sequence.


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  • Altermodernism can be defined as that moment when it became possible for us to produce something that made sense starting from an assumed heterochrony, that is, from a vision of human history as constituted of multiple temporalities, disdaining the nostalgia for the avant-garde and indeed for any kind of era - a positive vision of chaos and complexity

    Museum Blogs

  • The evolutionary origin and elaboration of sociality in the aculeate Hymenoptera: Maternal effects, sib-social effects, and heterochrony.


  • It was based on developmental sequences, and treated heterochrony as a sequence change.

    Iconoclasts of Evolution: Haeckel, Behe, Wells & the Ontogeny of a Fraud - The Panda's Thumb

  • He suggested an interesting explanation of heterochrony in development, according to which the premature or retarded appearance of organs in ontogeny stands in close relation with the time of their entering upon functional activity.

    Form and Function A Contribution to the History of Animal Morphology

  • We find that embryos at the tailbud stage - thought to correspond to a conserved stage - show variations in form due to allometry, heterochrony, and differences in body plan and somite number.

    CreationWiki - Recent changes [en]

  • Wise then makes a confusing argument about how the decreasing age of attainment of sexual maturity indicates that lifespan is decreasing (even though it's not) and argues that humans have experienced heterochrony in developmental rates.

    ScienceBlogs Channel : Life Science

  • (social groups, species), or at different phases of the life cycle (evolution-development), and how other embryological and evolutionary phenomena (heterochrony, neoteny) may influence or impact evolution.


  • (heterochrony), and allows for extended periods of social learning and language acquisition in juvenile humans.


  • "altermodernism", which Bourriaud defines as "the moment when it became possible for us to produce something that made sense starting from an assumed heterochrony".

    The Guardian World News


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  • This term has nothing to do with heterosexual politicians...or does it?

    March 2, 2011